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Manchester Libraries - Research into how libraries help people with loneliness and isolation

Manchester libraries


This report is based on research that shows how Manchester’s libraries bring many benefits to the communities they serve and are extremely well used, that residents’ health and wellbeing is improved by using the library, and that people feel better when they use their local library.

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The report utilises information from two sources: the Manchester Libraries User Survey, carried out by Manchester City Council during February 2020, and the Community Life Survey, a household self-completion survey from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which ran from April 2019 to March 2020.

Libraries up and down the country are community hubs that improve lives and communities. This research confirms that libraries make people less lonely and more engaged with their communities.

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